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    September 3, 2010
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and good morning, everyone. live from studio 7 at cnn world headquarters, the big stories for friday, september 3rd. hurricane earl hugging the east coast today. the big storm swiping north carolina overnight and taking aim at cape cod. students in other countries routinely outperforming their american peers. we compare education here and abroad and get opinions from students. >> they start at the top and work their way down. fresh off his bus tour, we are talking live with president obama's education secretary arne duncan. "cnn newsroom" wrapping up a way to fix our schools. i'm tony harris. those stories and your comments right here right now in the "cnn newsroom." a lucky break for north carolina. only minimal damage as hurricane earl brushed past the outer banks but this storm is far from
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over. cnn is your hurricane headquarters and we've got reporters up and down the east coast as earl tracks north. rob marciano is in kill devil hills, north carolina. br brianna keilar in ocean city, maryland. first, the latest advisory just out and reynolds wolf has it. that's right. this has been downgraded. earl was a category 2. it was a cat 4. now take a look at the magic number, cat 1, winds at 85 miles an hour, gusts 105. tony, we actually saw this unfolding just over the last, i'd say, two or three hours. we saw some dry air intruding into the western half of the storm causing it to weaken. there's still deep convection to the center but the center of circulation, although you have it, the eye is almost impossible to see at this point. what i can tell you, as the storm tips to make its way to the north, it will be moving into an area where you have much cooler water, very cooler water or colder in the southern half especially off the outer banks. it moves in that area with the upper level winds and strong sheer, both of those will
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continue to weaken the system. now the storm still a force to be reckoned with. it is expected to make its way to the north. as it does so, it is going to make its way just off long island, possibly just off cape cod, bringing some heavy surf conditions, heavy rain, of course some strong winds. let me show you something very quickly. right here you can just make out the maryland coast. just at this area and right below those clouds and dealing with some of those waves is brianna keilar. let's send it over to brianna live along the coast. what's the latest you have for us? >> reporter: represent oldz, winds have been picking up steadily the last few hours. here in ocean city, maryland, the worst is still ahead of us. we're awaiting those tropical storm winds. we have a little bit of rain but what we could be seeing as this system is off the coast and rotating, we're really waiting for the back end of it where we could see some really heavy rain and some winds that will have to be bracing ourselves for. this is the concern. take a look. this is the surf here, pretty rough seas and while the beach
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itself is not closed and people have been strolling along the beach and strolling along the boardwalk getting in a little fun before they may have to take shelter, the water is closed because of dangerous rip current conditions. no surfing, no swimming. we just talked with a lifeguard who said a lot of people are just coming out here to get a look. they're getting too close, maybe they're just wanting to get their feet wet, but there are a lot of unpredictable waves. we even saw this yesterday ourselves and they are warning people to get back because they could easily be swept in. so while we are awaiting the brunt of this, let's head south to rob marciano, about 200 miles south in kill devil hills, north carolina. rob, the worst has passed for you. >> reporter: it has and is heading your way, i'm afraid. once the storm does pass you, the waves will continue to churn in the ocean. that's what we've seen today. even though the worst of the weather, the last of the heavy squalls really moved through about 2 1/2 hours ago, the
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churning ocean behind me continues to pound this coastline and it's done some damage down a little bit further to the south washing over some of the roadways, the main highway, highway 12, connects the southern part of the barrier islands has been overwashed. not cut but overwashed. temporarily cut off and these waves will continue to pound this beach right on through the next few days so rip currents will be an issue. now inland we had flooding as well. take a look at this. you have the sound on the other side so you can get a storm surge on both the oceanside and the sound side. we had inland flooding from some of the sound pushing over and the heavy rain. we had a lot of heavy rain last night and a lot of wind. it was a rough night and early this morning tough to get around if you were just going for a stroll on the beach. don't advise that necessarily. winds got to about 70 to 74 miles an hour in gusts, tony. that's certainly getting close to hurricane strength. folks here very, very grateful that they didn't feel the full brunt of earl but it was well
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forecast by the national hurricane center and pretty much did just what they thought it would do and that's good news here. minimal power outages and minimal damage and we will say good-bye to earl and hopefully it will miss the rest of the northeast coast. back to you. >> okay, rob. great job there, tough guy. let's show you what's next up for the storm. the storm is still surging its way to the north, tony. what i want to show you is the next area that might be under the gun could be cape cod. you see the area shaded in that vibrant, pinkish color. we have the hurricane warning that is in effect for this region all due for that category 1 storm. again, a category 1 hurricane. i know it's not as strong as it was yesterday. we're talking a major hurricane. has lost quite a bit of punch. still strong enough to provide heavy rainfall, some incredible surf and at the same time some heavy, strong winds especially along parts of cape cod including martha's vineyard. so it is weakening but certainly not over yet. >> terrific stuff.
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reynolds, appreciate it. thank you so much. cnn is, of course, your hurricane headquarters. you will want to stay with us through the hours ahead as hurricane earl moves up the east coast. take a look here. we have reporters all over the region to bring you live, up-to-the-minute stories. in the cnn newsroom, unemployment for august, the jobless rate edging up to 9.6%. the government says overall the economy lost 54,000 jobs last month but the private sector added 67,000 jobs. here is the president last hour. >> that's positive news and it reflects the steps we've already taken to break the back of this recession. but it's not nearly good enough. that's why we need to take further steps to create jobs and keep the economy growing including extending tax cuts for the middle class, and investing in the areas of our economy where the potential for job growth is greatest. >> so we'll do this. we will dig it deeper on today's
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unemployment report with a financial expert in just a couple of minutes. georgia tech economics professor danny boston only in the "cnn newsroom." two suicide attacks in pakistan north and south killed 44 people today. dramatic images show the moment of the deadliest explosion. >> he was in my face. >> okay, the worst blast in the city. panic followed. there was a rally to support the palestinians. hear from students on what they need to succeed in the classroom, insights into what you can do for your teenager, part of our weeklong focus on fixing our schools. now the healing power of touch just got more powerful. introducing precise from the makers of tylenol. precise pain relieving heat patch activates sensory receptors. it helps block pain signals
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we want to get you some breaking news just in to cnn. we told you about a scare at miami's international airport. we believe things are operating normally right now but john zarrella has new information. what do you have for us? >> reporter: tony, well, it is operating -- everything is operating fine at miami international airport right now.
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that certainly wasn't the case last night and into the early hours this morning when the airport had to be evacuated and the bomb squad called in and there was apparently some very good reason for why authorities from the fbi homeland security, miami-dade -- metro dade police, were taking this very, very s r seriously. here is what we know happened. about 9:00 last night screeners at the airport found in someone's luggage at the international terminal in the customs area what looked like a canister. so that's when the bomb squad was called in. they did not find any explosives in that after examining it at the airport. it has been taken away for further examination. but what a source is telling cnn now, a source very close to the investigation, is that a 70-year-old sicientist is the mn who owned the luggage and whose canister it apparently was. and this scientist, it turns out, according to the source, served time in prison almost a
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decade ago for illegally transporting vials of bubonic plague. >> what? >> reporter: bubonic plague which, from my understanding, it will cause swelling of the lymph nodes, high fever, you can die within a few days if not treated. it's not to say this was in the cylinder. we don't want to say that at all at this point. it's being tested. but that's what this man, according to our source, was convicted of and served time for about a decade ago. now the fbi did tell us during a news conference that this man has cooperated, is cooperating, was not arrested, has not been arrested. he was detained, but is fully cooperating and is still being questioned at this hour about what he was doing or what was in that vial. again, it's being taken to a lab here in miami, the miami area, to be tested. but, again, the story on this
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was really what ratcheted up the concern at miami airport for very good reason and why many of those that went in, went in hazmat suits was because after they checked this man's background, they found out his criminal past and that he had served time for illegally transporting bubonic plague. tony? >> what a story. i've got questions but it's just hard to pull it all together. >> reporter: yeah, it really is and, again, we have to emphasize and stress that at this point it's something that happened a decade or so ago. he was convicted of. he served his time. and it was certainly a red flag for a very good reason as to why authorities shut the airport down or most of the airport, four of the six concourses, for about six to eight hours.
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>> john zarrella for us, thank you. boy, the stories that come across this desk. fix our schools, those three words driving much of what you see on cnn this week because as america's children return to school cnn has a mission to document the country's crisis. we are shining a light on success stories that can empower us to offer our children much more than what they are getting right now. students themselves have given us some of the most revealing insights into what helps teenagers succeed in school. here are some of the highlights from their discussion with cnn. >> reporter: what makes the school good? >> the teachers. those who push you harder. >> i would include a caring administrative staff. i think good schools start at the top and then they work themselves down. >> reporter: what's more important to you the school or the people in it? >> the people in it. >> the people in it. >> without good teachers, without that education, what is a school?
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>> reporter: think of your best teacher, tell me what he or she is like. go ahead. >> she had a way of adding humor to the class. >> if it weren't for the dedication and the passion that my teachers have, we would all probably be failing in those classes. >> reporter: what do you think students can do to make sure they have a better education? >> you have to push yourself to learn as much as you can in whatever class you're in. >> i think simply raising your hand in class and saying something and taking an active role in just a single class helps you stay more involved. >> don't just put your education in a little box at school. go above and beyond that. >> my mom pushes me to do my best because i like to get good grades, but sometimes if i'm feeling lazy, i will be lazy but my mom is the one that really keeps me straight. >> i think it's great when parents are involved, but they have to realize that they need to let us spread our wings. >> reporter: what one thing could best help fix american schools? >> at my school, money.
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we need to pay attention to education. that's what comes first. >> i also think if you cut education you're cutting from the future generation. i think it's a very selfish move to do in the first place. >> reporter: these students had a lot of suggestions for what could be improved in american schools. we'll have more on "cnn student news" you can see at studentnews.com. what i thought was really important these did want more out of their education than they're getting. it's kind of troubling to think of that, tony. it underscores the urgency to fix our schools. >> another big project, this was great. this is great stuff and i know there is some material we didn't get to. maybe you can tell us again where to find this material and give us a heads-up as to what you're working on next. >> cnnstudentnews is where you can find these reports aired again. we'll be posting them in our entirety over the next few days. the next project we have that i'm going to be looking at is the issue of bullying. obviously this has been something in schools probably as
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long as schools have been around but we have a unique angle we're going to be looking at, tony, and that's cyber bullying, something that did not exist when you and i were in school. >> no, no, that's for sure. good stuff. and how does the main man leading our education system feel about fixing our schools? i will have a conversation with education secretary arne duncan next hour. you don't want to miss that. learning doesn't have to end when recess begins. >> how did you build this? >> well, we worked together and first there was only this much. then we just had to do more parts. >> a playground that stretches a child's imagination thanks to an empowered parent. and we're going to dig a little deeper into today's unemployment report. where's the man? where is thomas? there he is, economist thomas austin joining us to discuss what the numbers say about the overall economy. we have some numbers for you. announcer: if we all lived here
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rally to support the palestinians. former cuban president fidel castro rallying students today at the university of havana. he has been raising his profile years after turning over power to his brother because of poor health. that is raising speculation about his future role. president obama says the economy is adding jobs, just not fast enough. the president spoke last hour about the new jobless numbers out today. >> we have a responsibility to do right now is to lift up our small businesses which accounted for over 60% of job losses in the final months of last year. that's why once again i'm calling on congress to make passing a small business jobs bill its first order of business when it gets back into session later this month. >> so the economy lost jobs in august but fewer than predicted and the private sector added more jobs than expected. what do we make of all of this?
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professor austin from georgia tech university, department of economics, with us as usual. okay. so what do you make of the numbers? 9.6% overall, goes up a tick. what do you make of the numbers? >> but 5. >> but 550,000 came back in. >> you said that to me in the past that when things start to improve a bit, one of the ways we'll know is that people who have been out of the labor force altogether and aren't even looking come back in. >> when you drop out of the labor force, if you have not looked for a job within four weeks, you're not counted in the unemployment numbers. so when people come back into the labor market even though they're searching for a job, now they're counted. and that often tends to push that unemployment rate up a bit. and so although it seems bad on the surface, underneath it's good because people are more optimistic about their prospe s
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prospects. >> and what on earth would lead to more optimism? everything we here, and iar, an sending you notes, doom and gloom, pessimism, and folks talking down the road to a double dip. so why on earth would anyone feel a little bit more optimistic and jump back into this labor force? >> tony, there's been so much stuff going on over the last couple of months. it's like we've been wandering around in the forest trying to find our way and we really didn't know whether the picture was as good as it looked or as bad as it looked and what we're finding now is previous figures have been revised upward and so things have not been quite as bad as we thought that they were and so as a result we see that individuals are more optimistic, consumer confidence has increased and so those things play themselves out and they're likelier to find the job. >> corporations are not investing the way they normally invest to expand jobs, opportunities in this economy,
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am i right about that? am i wrong about that? they're sitting on cash -- >> right. >> -- that they could be and would be investing under more normal circumstances and operating in the way that we would expect businesses to be operating. what's going on? >> that is the issue. when we solve that problem, we will begin to grow. there is your stimulus. corporations are sitting on almost $2 trillion of cash, 25% more than they normally would and that extra 25%, $500 billion, would normally be invested. they're not investing that. banks are sitting on three times as much cash as they normally would. that cash needs to get into the economy. part of the reason that's making it easy -- >> why, why, why, why? why are corporations and banks behaving this way? >> because they are hedging their bet. it's like shorting the economy. they are looking for whether or not the economy is going to go into another recession, and if it does, we're going to be prepared for it. >> but hedging and sitting on the sidelines is almost
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guaranteeing that outcome. >> right. but they can do it because the interest rates are near zero. so it doesn't cost anything to shore up the economy. something has to happen. >> it's un-american. >> it's un-american, right. interest rates are near zero. that's not normal. that's not normal. everything is out of whack so it has to go up. now here's the thing. the federal reserve can't raise the interest rates because that would send shock waves through the economy. they should simply sit back and allow the interest rates to adjust normally to market forces and be a follower rather than a leader. >> the fed chief, ben bernanke, essentially said last week, last friday this time, that essentially the recovery is in your hands. >> right. >> it is in the hands of the consumers. it is in the hands of corporations. there's only so much i can do. i'm prepared to do more, but is he right in that assessment that it really is in the hands -- it
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recovery, if you want the recovery, there are some things you can do, consumers start spending and corporations start investing. >> right, it is except consumers don't have the capacity to spend. so much unemployment. >> 6.5% or something? even consumers, not all of them, but even consumers are sitting on cash now. >> they are. but consumers are also hit by this unemployment burden and so they're trying to, you know, recover their investment and their retirement and all of those things. that's expected. they don't have the money to do it. the corporations, that's the problem. we've got to get those corporations to begin spending again. and this is, the problems we're having right now, this is self-inflicted pain. we don't have to be where we are. we don't have to be here. >> we don't have to be here. >> right, right, right. >> have a great weekend. >> likewise. >> the jobs report has been the central focus on wall street all week and from the looks of it
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traders and investors can go into the long holiday weekend on a bit of a high note. alison kosik is standing by with more on the market reaction. alison, good morning. >> reporter: grpg to you. enjoy that conversation there. on wall street we have a three-day weekend but beyond this extra day off that we're getting there's actually something else to be celebrating here and that is the market is higher on that unemployment report that we just got. wall street has been looking for a reason to rally and they got it. in this case it's that fewer jobs were lost in august and that jobs were added in the private sector and that's reason enough to give a victory to the bulls at this point. you know, tony, investors are all about followthrough. they really look to these economic reports for clues as to where the economy is headed and week after week, as we sit here and report these reports to you, as we get more positive reports as time goes on, that's going to bring back confidence to the market. similarly if we get negative reports we could go in the opposite direction, tony.
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that's why we look at these reports so closely and so do investors. >> so the jobs report was better than expected. underline exclamation point. look, we certainly have to keep things in perspective here and danny did that just a moment ago. this labor market has a long way to go. >> reporter: it really does. think about it. hiring is just not happening fast enough. economists are saying you're going to have to add around 260,000 jobs a month just to make a dent in the unemployment rate to chip away by one full percentage point. we're not anywhere near there. there's an underemployment rate, too, that's not regularly publicized here but that includes those part-time workers who want to work full time and people who want to work but have given up looking. that underemployment rate, that went up this time around. i'm talk iing about in august t 16.7% from 16.5%. and as you were talking about, these corporations are sitting on a lot of cash. they want to hire but they're really reticent to do so because
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they want to make sure their revenues are going to be coming in in the coming months before they make a commitment to hire people. therein lies the problem. we want even more hiring though this was a good jobs report for august. >> good to see you. thank you. let's take a break. we have an update on hurricane earl. hurricane earl is weakening. there's no way to hide it. sir, have you been drinking tonight? if you ride drunk, you will get caught... and you will get arrested. with the best decongestant. my choice is clear. claritin-d. nothing works stronger, faster or longer for allergy congestion relief without drowsiness. get claritin-d at the pharmacy counter. live claritin clear.
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this is perfect. so what we've tried to do with the storm, we treat it the way we treat breaking news. let's talk about it. you have some new information. >> the new news is great news. let's go back where we were 24 hours ago. we deal with a major hurricane, a category 4 down to 1. it's weakening. and we're going to show you what's happening. let's walk over to the magic wall. with this imagery you can see a whole lot happening. obviously you have the hurricane here, category 1, winds at 85 miles an hour, but there's so much more to the entire picture than just this. what we're seeing out to the west, well, you get a frontal boundary right there. that brought some showers in parts of the ohio valley, will be driving its way to the east that will help keep this off the coast, we hope. seeing some dry air moving into the western half of the storm. that's one of the things that's going to weaken. something you're not seeing is
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that this is moving. think of like a giant boiling pot being on a stove. it's a kettle and it's boiling. well, the eye on the stove is just south of this point. we have warm water. now it's moving just off parts of the maryland coast. when it gets there, it will enter cooler water and it's going to be away from its primary power source. we do anticipate this is going to weaken. now the question is where is it going to go. that's a great question. the latest forecast we have at the naek hurricane center indicates it is expected to continue that northeasterly trajectory moving -- actually increasing speed. it was earlier 18. it's now at 21 miles an hour. it should stay east of new york. it should be very close to cape cod, perhaps a little bit off that area, bringing still some heavy surf, heavy rain, perhaps some mop industrious waves to parts of cape cod and martha's vineyard. due east as we get to friday evening, due east of long island. now speaking of long island and speaking of an area on long island, talking about montauk,
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allan chernoff is standing by live. can can you give us an idea what's happening from your vantage point? >> reporter: reynolds, i've been looking out at those waves behind me. check them out. these are very, very powerful waves that are banging out there probably about 50, 60 yards they're breaking. look at that power of the waves and, of course, the storm isn't even close to us just yet. we've had a little bit of rain earlier today. it's eased up now. very little wind right now, but the people here, the authorities, they are very, very prepared. in fact, long island power authority has brought in extra crews from as far away as detroit, michigan. they've got 1,700 extra linesmen and people to chop trees if necessary. they have triple the regular staff. now about the regular businesses here, some folks have boarded up their windows. some people have bought extra supplies. a lot of folks in the area who live here year round, they
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haven't. one gentleman earlier today who just went fishing this morning says he prefers the stormy weather to fish. >> the rougher it gets, the better the fishing gets. >> reporter: why is that? >> i don't know. anybody that says they know, they're lying. >> reporter: he did pretty well this morning. he caught five striped bass but they were all smaller than the legal limit of 28 inches. had to throw them back in. the fishing apparently is pretty good, but on a serious note, people are definitely getting prepared here although i mentioned there are others who are being very nonchalant about it. reynolds? >> great report as always. be safe. we'll check back in with you very soon. folks, let me show you something else that is just a tremendous concern to us. let's say this storm moves out to sea, just goes right by and goes deeper into the bay of
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fundy. we have lots to deal with in terms of this system. we've got remnants of earl, we have this area right here which of course that is our next system that will be coming up, talking about further back and we see potential development over the next couple of days. what we have with these two systems here is we're going to be dealing, tony, with some heavy rip currents. no question about it up and down the eastern seaboard from all the way from florida, clear up to maine through the holiday weekend. so anyone who wants to venture out into the water, they're going to be dealing with rip currents, some big waves, certainly dangerous conditions for anyone going out in the water, tony. >> good stuff. good information as always. all right, reynolds, appreciate it. >> you bet. you never, never, ever know how far your tips can get you. in the case of this week's cnn hero, they are helping kids in cambodia find their way to school. have a look. >> in the countryside in
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cambodia, some children come to school but not very regular because the family needs to have them on the farm. the school is free but they don't have any money. how can they have the money for uniforms and supplies? >> i have the children go to school. the education is important for me because my father was a teacher. my father was killed. if we tried to study, we could be killed. my soul always goes to school. at the beginning i got only one girl. after that 40 children and now 2,000. after several years i see the
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change because they know how to read and write and they borrow the books from our library to read for their parents. >> i need them to build education to build their own family helps us build our own country. my father, he has to be proud of me here in heaven and in my heart. >> if you want to learn more about this foundation and the working done to help kids get an "a" in education go to cnnheroes.com. ♪ you're the one ♪ who's born to care this life was protected... ♪ seems you've always been right there ♪ this life was saved...
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week, because as america's children return to school, cnn has a mission. we have sent reporting teams across the country to document the education crisis in america. most importantly, we will shine a light on success stories that can empower us to offer children so much more than they are getting right now. ask a parent to fix our schools, and some would say bring back recess. and while you're at it, make it a learning opportunity, and don't tell the kids. cnn's jessica yellin's the work of one empowered parent. >> what do you think you're looking at. you're not sure, are you? well, that's the point. >> what do you think it is? it can be like a slide to put balls in it, and go down. and i think we should put like water and stuff in it. >> there's some serious teamwork behind this. how did you build this? >> well, we love to gather it
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first. there's only this much, and then we just had to do more. >> kids can thank world renowned architect david rockwell. he usually designs hip hotels and restaurants. but a father of two, he decided to rethink the traditional playground. over five years, he donated his time and works with play experts to come up with this. >> it's like kids' world over there. you've got this kid moving the wheel barrow with these pieces over, and all of these pieces are infinitely variable. traditional playgrounds are largely made from fixed equipment. >> right. >> seesaw, slides, monkey bars, swings, that are organized linearly. they're great for motor skills and to take your kids to burn off energy and develop. >> wear them down. >> imagination playground is a totally manipulatable environment in which every part
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of it allows kids to create their own constantly transformable playscape. >> for example, look at the water. >> you can see they're dammed. so kids can flood it, make a boat. this is a raft community going on over there. >> reporter: it's part of a bigger idea. >> think about the freedom as a kid to play here. look, she has made a house. >> reporter: susan solomon is an expert in play theory. she says imagination playground fills standardized test-filled lives. >> they have learned that not everything is already laid out for you in a way in which it's always going to be perfect. it's possible to fail. and that's so critical for how kids learn. >> reporter: she thinks this is free, and inventive and that's better for kids. >> they've, in fact, created -- it looks like their own sand
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box. >> reporter: but don't tell anyone here what they're doing is good for them. as far as they know, it's just fun. >> it's fun, because you do stuff that you never knew you could do over here. >> reporter: they say it's better than their regular playgrounds. >> here, you can design like your own. >> reporter: and that let's you do different new things. >> yeah. it's pretty fun. >> reporter: jessica yellin, cnn, new york. okay. a couple big stories we're keeping an eye on this hour in the cnn "newsroom." for hurricane earl is moving up the east coast after sideswiping the outer banks. the nation's jobless rate inches up. but president obama sees some positives. first, let's get you updated on hurricane earl. we are tracking the storm minute by minute, as it moves up the east coast. watches and warnings are in place all the way to canada. earl's first encounter, north carolina's outer banks. luckily for folks there, no head-on collision. earl brushed by the region with
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most of the fury off shore. governor bev purdue thankful it wasn't any worse. >> we dodged a bullet, purely and simply, we dodged a bullet, and we're glad it's out of our state for this most part. and the viper communication system we have put in place with local law enforcement really worked. this was our first emergency test of the system, and the fact that everybody can talk to each other. >> earl is now tracking north. cape cod and long island, among the others waiting and watching. you will want to stay with cnn for the latest information on hurricane earl. we have got more coverage this hour. now, president obama accentuating the positive in today's unemployment report. he used the numbers to push for passage of a small business jobs bill. the labor department rate inched up to 9.6% in august overall, the economy lost jobs, but the private sector added jobs.
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>> the key point i'm making right now is that the economy is moving in a positive direction. jobs are being created. they're just not being created as fast as they need to, given the big hole that we experienced, and we're going to have to continue to work with republicans and democrats to come up with ideas that can further accelerate that job growth. i'm confident that we can do that. >> many americans still disapprove of the way the president is handling the economy, but his overall approval rating is up slightly. it's at 50% compared to 47% in august. so let's take a closer look at the day's unemployment report. what do the numbers say about the overall economy? let's check in with our chief business correspondent, and the cnn "newsroom" beginning at 1:00 p.m. eastern time right here on cnn, ali velshi joining us from new york. ali, doctor, what do the numbers say? >> numbers are generally positive. first of all, how are you positive about losing 54,000 jobs? it's because of the way it breaks down.
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there was actually a loss of 121,000 government jobs, and a gain of 67,000 private sector jobs. private sector jobs are the sustainable ones, the ones that we want. we want to wean ourselves off the government sustaining this economy, as you and i have talked about regularly. want to wean ourselves back on to the private sector. hiring those people. those people have many, buy things, more jobs in the private sector. that's one. number two, it's a smaller job loss, so the trend of job losses is decreasing. number three, every time we get one of these reports, we get a revision from the previous month. that revision shows that in july, we lost far fewer jobs than we expected to lose. so you take those three things together, and to me, that says it is not good, it is a glass one quarter full. but it is the right direction, and if you carry on this trend for a little while, we would be back into job creation, hopefully, hopefully, within a few months. >> this trend. take a look into your memory bank here of recent data.
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is there anything in that recent data to suggest that there is a narrative forming that we could actually begin to see some more sustained job growth, particularly in the private sector, that we could get to the 150, the 200,000 jobs a month that we need to keep this economy going? >> right. so you need about 150,000 jobs a month, 125, 150 to keep the unemployment rate where it is. we don't want the unemployment where t 9.6, so we want to get 200 to 300,000 jobs a month in order to bring the unemployment rate down. and is by the way, even at that pace, it's going to be 2013 or 2014 before we get down to the four -- just under 5% unemployment. >> we're not getting there, ali, tell the truth. >> let me tell you. >> okay. >> aa couple things. two weeks ago, the entire world was talking about a double dip recession. all of a sudden, there has been data, consumer confidence, personal spending, there has been personal incomes. now the biggest -- the mother of all job reports, the
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unemployment report, trending in a different direction. all of a sudden, within seven to ten days, there is a different narrative forming. this is a confidence-based economy. you and i have talked about it. date night. we talked about people being willing to go out on date night, spend some money, go to a restaurant, go to a movie. that's what it takes. it takes a feeling that it's going in the right direction, tony, and you start to get people reengaged in the economy, and then it multiplies and multiplies. >> we need that multiplier effect. we need date night in america to take off. we're going to do our part. we're going to -- >> i'm not going on a date with you, but i agree we should be doing date night. >> all right, ali, appreciate it. can't wait for your show at the top of the hour here in the cnn "newsroom." >> to canada, the way is on for hurricane earl. the storm brushed by north carolina's outer banks, and now is tracking up the east coast. cnn's brianna keilar live now from ocean city, maryland, and brianna, what does it look like? i'm trying to take a look at what it looks like behind where you are. >> reporter: well, tony, there
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are still people walking on the boardwalk, trying to take advantage of what was a somewhat not too bad weather a short time ago. although, as this has been slowly deteriorating, we are getting some of the most rain that we have seen right about now. that said, this is really expected to be more of a wind event, and we're still awaiting tropical storm strength winds. those have yet to come, so still waiting for that. but take a hook at what we're seeing off the shore here, powerful surf. and this is the concern for lifeguards. you see a cup you will here. a lot of them have been having to go, because while the water itself is closed, no surfing, no swimming, the beach is not closed at this point. people have been walking along it, and a lot of lifeguards have had to shoo away people who have gotten too close. i talked with one of these lifeguards. here's what he said. so mik, you're with surf rescue here in ocean city. people have been doing some i guess you could say not so smart things. >> right. it's fine if they're on the dry
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sand, but as soon as they get near the water, we have a surge come in, and they'll be up to the waist and it will pull them out easily, so they're underestimating the surf right now, so we're trying to keep people safe and out of the wear water. >> reporter: and we've actually seen at least one wave now come up over the sand where normally there is not water and come all the way to this sea wall, which is concrete -- reinforced concrete here. this actually is a steel gate for the sea wall. they were closed yesterday. we actually talked to the workers who were putting them in place, and they said it was very much a just in case situation. they're not really expecting the waves are going to come up this high, but workers have secured things like trash barrels, also lifeguard towers, if waves were to hit them on the beach. and take a look at this. this is a sign always here telling people how to avoid rip currents. this is, of course, the major concern here. even yesterday, when the weather was really nice, people were not
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allowed to swim in the waves, and we're expecting -- even though tomorrow is expected to be pretty sunny, 80 degrees, and obviously we're getting some heavier, heavier rain now, but we're expecting even tomorrow that it's going to be kind of a day to catch some sun but really not to go out there in the water, tony. >> well, i know you're getting some winds in there right now, but i've got to tell you, that surf coming in framing you up very nicely there. ocean city, maryland. my old stomping grounds. brianna, good to see you. thank you. let's get you to reynolds wolf now. if you would, give us an update on intensity, track, everything at this point. >> tony, things now are looking favorable. we are seeing this thing deteriorate just over the last 24 hours, almost like letting air out of a balloon. we have seen a lot of deep convection fizzling out. there are a few pops here and there of deep tropical moisture, but this was a shadow from 24 to 36 hours ago.
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it's going to provide quite a punch in terms of winds. now where brianna happens to be in ocean city, they're going to have some strong winds, but the strongest and most intense are going to be close to the center of circulation. the farther out you go, the weaker the winds become. it has winds of 85 miles per hour, gusts up to 105. it is moving into areas where the water is not quite as warm. it's in fact, going to be a little bit cooler once it gets right past the border of maryland and surges farther north off the jersey shore. what it's also going to do, or at least it's forecast to do from the national hurricane center, is to continue to slowly weaken. winds of 80 miles per hour, expected by this evening as it is just to the east of new york and long island. then as we make our way to the overnight hours and into tomorrow morning, it will move just to the east of boston. also of cape cod. then moving closer to the bay, and then sometime tomorrow morning, it should drop below hurricane force, and become a tropical storm. and then as it moves off, certainly some good news as we get into early saturday morning and then farther north it moves
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to the bay. however, the threat will remain in terms of rip currents through a good part of the weekend. we still have fiona out there, and both of those will bring pretty rough surf conditions up and down the eastern seaboard from maine southward to florida, tony, through the holiday weekend. >> look at that technology, throwing everything at it. okay, reynolds, with you. attending high school at home, and we're not talking about home schooling here. we're talking about virtual classrooms. have you heard of them? a visit to cyber high school. first, though, our random moment in 90 seconds.
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oh, boy. a crank caller with a wish list. our random moment of the day. please in oregon say a man dialed 911 from a hot tub. he was borrowing -- he claimed he was stuck after ten hours of hot tubbing. his towels were wet, he had no clothes, so he couldn't get out. >> you're sure you don't need any medical help started at this point? >> i'm positive. i just need a hug, and a warm cup of hot chocolate with some marshmallows. that would be pretty nice. i don't need any medical help, no. >> the mug shot. the man got hugged by police handcuffs instead of hot chocolate. he got a cold jail cell. got to tell you, the episode instantly reminded us of a blast from the past. remember the ohio woman who called 911 for a date, and got a police escort?
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>> i'm having a hard time getting, you know, ahold of a date line. >> this is 911. you need to dial something else, okay? >> remember, callers, 911 is for emergencies, or you could be the next random moment of the day.
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kill devil hills, north carolina. take a look at this. >> this is the deepest part. >> yeah, that is the deepest part. you can see the flooding on the streets. we told you that obviously earl has been downgraded, right, to a category 1. but it was not a category 1 when it brushed north carolina's outer banks. and you can see what it left in its wake. flooded streets, kill devil hills, the pictures we condition to get in the cnn "newsroom" of the storm as it makes its way up the east coast. and what it has left in its wake. kill devil hills, north carolina. fix our schools. those three words are driving much of what you see on cnn this week, because as america's children return to school, cnn
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has a mission. we have sent reporting teams across the country to document the education crisis in america. most importantly, we will shine a light on success stories that can empower us to offer our children so much more than what they are getting right now. did you know, you can attend college online? did you now virtual education has reached the high school level, get a diploma without ever leaving home. cnn's ted rowlands talked to students attending cyber high. >> reporter: 15-year-old christina schultz and her 11-year-old brother jonathan are showing off their commute to school, down the stairs and into their separate classrooms. >> sign in blue if you can. >> reporter: once they get online, they're at school. christina and jonathan may attend school at home, but they're not home schooled. there is a big difference. they actually attend a public charter school through the computer. they have quizzes and tests and lesson plans, which are all delivered from teachers through the computer. it's a public school, so it's free to attend. in fact, all of the equipment
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that they need is paid for by taxpayers. >> good morning, everybody. >> reporter: about 90 miles from christina's house in los angeles, lisa geesebreck finishbegins the first day of algebra class from her home. >> my name is mrs. geesebreck, and i'm one of the three algebra 2 teachers. >> reporter: her other teachers are spread across the state. as for the students, watch this map light up when she asks her students to mark where they each live with a star. >> wow, we have a lot of southern california students. >> reporter: christina is one of about 200 students in class. mrs. geesebreck teaches using a combination of her voice, powerpoint-type grafics and this cyber talk board which students see on their screen when she writes and sees the lesson. >> it's amazing the interaction we have. you can put quizzes inside of your presentations. >> students can ask questions
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through a chat panel the teacher sees on her screen. they can get extra help knew e-mail and phone calls. lessons are recorded for students to watch when they want, which is what jonathan is doing with this spanish class. >> and one. >> up. >> reporter: jonathan is a competitive ice skater, practicing for two hours a day every morning, going to school online allows him to pursue his skating. he's also an advanced student. an 11-year-old freshman in high school, which online school also caters to. >> it allows you to work at your own pace. so if you can do the math problems in 20 minutes rather than waiting for the whole class to finish, it really works well. >> reporter: but it doesn't work without a parent or someone supervising. jonathan, for instance, likes to play video games. so mom usually camps out close enough so she can see his computer. across the country, 27 states currently offer some level of full-time online public schools. critics say kids miss out on the social aspects of going to school.
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christina says she does beat kids online, but -- >> you don't really get to know them, yeah. >> reporter: is that something that you miss? >> i would say yeah, a little bit. because i was always one to make like a lot of friends in elementary school. but i mean, yeah -- you miss it. >> they're not sitting in a classroom every day, so they're not sitting amongst their peers, and so they're not getting that type of social interaction. but when you hear the stories of what goes on sometimes in classrooms, you say, oh, this is also a good thing that they're not sitting around with other kids who are influencing them in possibly negative ways. >> reporter: the schultz family does have some proof that this works. this is christina and jonathan's older sister jennifer. she also went to school online from the fifth grade through high school. now she is here at usc. you feel as though online education works. why? >> i think the structure of the school is a lot more similar to college than a regular school. i attended lecture once a week and then the rest of the readings were up to me.
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so i think i'm really well acclimated to college already. >> reporter: jennifer was the valedictorian of who are online graduating class of 450 students, kids she met for the first time at the graduation ceremony. give us something that you think you did miss out on, though. >> i really did miss out on the traditional social aspect of high school, like running to classes, eating lunch in the cafeteria, and just the entire action between people on a day-to-day basis. >> reporter: a study released last year by the department of education concluded that online learning is as effective as learning in a traditional classroom setting. at least in terms of academics. as different as it may seem, the formula for success online is the same as it is in class. students need to work hard, have lots of support from home, and they need good teachers. >> all right, thanks, guys. you have a great day. >> reporter: no matter where they may be. ted rowlands, cnn, los angeles. how does the main man leading our education system
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to a scientist who has served time for transporting bubonic plague. the coast guard says there is no indication oil is leaking from an accident. fidel castro at the university of havana. he appeared in military fatigues, the first time since turning over power to his brother four years ago. that is raising speculation about castro's future role. getting schooled on education. a candid conversation with young people about what works and what doesn't. education contributor steve perry leads the discussion in today's edition of what matters.
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we have been talking about fixing our schools all this week, and it is what we are talking about today in our "what matters" segment. steve perry traveled to atlanta recently to moderate a panel of young people who offer their opinions about what works and what doesn't in the education system. >> any time we have a conversation about what we can do, i think we need to start with a conversation about what we must do. what are some of the issues that the youth are dealing with that are specific to this generation? >> my main problem with education and the way the system is set up now, especially coming from my perspective, a youth from the inner city, i couldn't connect what they were teaching me on this black board, how it was going to make a change in my life. how can i take this back to the hood? >> and, you know, i did get caught with marijuana at school. and then it was two teachers that i felt like i was really close to. and when they turned me in, you know, i felt betrayed.
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little did i know, they were really looking out for me. the point i'm trying to make is that the teachers saw the problem, but also they saw the interest that i had in music. so when they saw the opportunity for me to combine my passion with education, they jumped on it. and i thank god for him, you know what i'm saying, because, like, that's where it all starts. >> what are some of the specific issues you see? >> so i work in kenya, based in kenya, in africa, and i work with a lot of youth in the underserved areas and the slums, and they don't get access to anything, not even education, food, nothing. and they're just hidden in their houses. and i work in really poor areas, where youth are really suffering from social stigma and social pressure, you know. and they don't get the opportunity that youth here would get. >> we don't know poverty like you've seen poverty. sometimes i think that we need to get a sense of the rest of the world to understand that which we have.
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doctor, one of the things i would like you to do is to harken back to your old life as a college president. you saw some specific challenges that our children face. >> well, i think the problems that i saw our youth facing in the 1950s and '60s when i was their age, i saw lack of opportunity. i saw poverty. i saw injustice. and i saw that in order to address that lack of opportunity, that poverty, that injustice, we had to do something ourselves. and first thing we had to do was to believe in ourselves and then enable ourselves with education and the skills to overcome the barriers that were there. and that's why i decided very early in life that i wanted to be an educator. we can teach, we can intervene in the life of someone else and help lift that person up. >> adam, i'm going to ask you to jump in. when somebody says you come
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fromming in, you feel like you have nothing. you don't see the capacity that you bring. how was it that you see people who many of us would consider having nothing finding something in that, and then doing something with it? >> in the last five years, i've backpacked through 50-something countries, mainly really, really -- some of the poorest places on earth. and i think a really beautiful analogy is the notion that r redwoods grow to be hundreds of feet tall, but that couldn't have grown that size if it was planted in a pot. and that latent seed is there in every person in this room and there in the developing world too. it's about unlocking potential, and is you find time and time again, they believe in themselves in that part of the world. no matter how poor they are, they know they have the capacity to create change. >> the message of panel seems to be changing the education system can change our nation's future for the better. and it is a responsibility that belongs to everyone. to read more stories that matter
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let's get to you cnnmoney.com. we've got good news on the website today. good news. jack, appreciate it. signs of life in the job market. >> job losses not as bad as expected. and earlier readings were revised. businesses hiring -- hiring picking up. all right. so just follow this page. our site here. cnnmoney.com. listen to our money team, don't listen to the other stuff. so much negative activity out there. but good news today. new york stock exchange, three hours into the trading day, numbers are good. we are off of session highs right now, but this is a good number. still up 70 points, and the nasdaq in positive territory, trading up 19 points. science fiction. we've got something special for you. coming to life this weekend, right? we're talking every super hero, villain, and comic book character you can imagine in atlanta this weekend with
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enormous spending buying power, correct? >> are you going to go this year? >> yeah, i'm going get a special invitation from our guest. >> i bet you are. so these are the shots from last year at dragon con. so now we're thinking how many people are going to turn out this year. organizers are telling us could be upwards of 35,000 participants this year. so more than 35,000 could be expected. listen to this, 400 celebrities booked for this big event, dragon con, and they're trying to break world records. they want to have the biggest gathering of super heroes ever and the biggest gathering of star trek folks ever. and taking a look at the numbers now, a study out of georgia state university said a couple years ago when it was smaller, it had an impact of more than $20 million for the city. so if it's even bigger this year -- the blues brothers. >> 40 or $50 million. . so we actually josh have someone with us who was helping to make all of this come to life. and she is in the "newsroom." >> i'm so psyched. >> you? cnn executive producer suzanne
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simon. take it away. who do you have for us? >> i'm sure you remember buck roge rogers, because every male, female, doesn't matter, remembers buck rogers, "silver spoons," erin gray is with us. we look at dragon con, and trying to figure out why people are dressing up, it's really fun, and we were talking last night, glass of wine, full disclosure, there is a release from all the stress and the ability to kind of escape from the end of the war, from a hurricane, all of these serious issues. >> dragon con is of all the conventions, the biggest fan base. i say fan base, because their expire focus is for the fans to be happy, to have a great time. i remember when there was a katrina, you wouldn't believe, it was -- there were people coming up from louisiana who had been working, building houses and helping people who came here to be part of dragon con just to have that three or four days to escape and realize there are things to be joyful about.
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>> exactly. we can still be happy. >> exactly. >> and josh talked about the financial impact, and you -- i just -- i think i've told you before, you were a successful actress and model in your own right, but you didn't stop there. you turned this into a business . tell me what you do now, and your company is here owes for hire. >> that's right. my company is here owes for hire, and i represent celebrities for personal appearances, so corporate events or charity events, but i also have a specific niche within the sci-fi fantasy, anime gaming world. >> fill disclosure again, this is a fun internow. >> don't tell people everything. >> no -- in the "newsroom," there were a few eye rolls, people didn't take it seriously. but you have a client who has 1.7 million followers on facebook. this -- >> twitter. >> and twitter. >> right. >> this is a loyal audience. these are people who follow you around and they care about this.
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>> big-time. yeah, there is a definite shift in a public relations. the old model of the actor only doing certain select interviews now actors are more in control of their public relations, let's put it that way. so this new shift into twitter and facebook, and websites, actors have a more of an ability to shape their own image and to be connected to their fans on a daily basis. one of my clients, felicia day, 1,700,000 followers on twitter. wherever she goes, fans follow. so if i book her at an event, immediately ticket sales happen overnight. i mean, it's just amazing to see the power of the talent these days. >> the clingon in my ear is telling me we have to wrap this up. >> no, you to know why? >> we've got erin -- erin? >> yes. >> we've got an appreciation. >> oh-oh. >> coming up for you. >> look, she knows i'm a huge fan. erin is aware of this. let's take a look at a little
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clip of your great work on one of the best shows of all time, "buck rogers." >> o great, look at this! >> how's that? >> fine, just fine. >> yeah, baby. >> love it. >> it's only on for two years. you were on "silver spoons" for more years. but sci-fi shows last forever. in fact, you're doing a reunion, as i understand, of "buck rogers,". what is it about sci-fi that makes it stick? >> i think because the sci-fi lovers are people who think outside of the box, they think -- and they really appreciate it when there's a television program or tv shows that focus on their ideas. a lot of the people in sci-fi are astronauts and physicists and as troll jiffs, and they want their visions for the future.
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and that's what sci-fi does. >> well, thank you so much. >> we've got to get to break, but the appreciation continues. ready, josh? part the waters here. jack? we're back in a moment. you're in the cnn "newsroom." there's no way to hide it. sir, have you been drinking tonight? if you ride drunk, you will get caught... and you will get arrested. [humming] ooh! here we go. what? whaaat? [kids giggling] announcer: you don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent, because kids in foster care don't need perfection. they need you. eggland's best eggs. the best in nutrition... just got better.
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numbers and the market reaction. >> you know, wall street has been looking for a reason to rally, and they got it. in this case, it's that fewer jobs were lost in august, and that jobs were added in the private sector, and that's reason enough to give a victory to the bulls at this point. you know, tony, investors are all about follow-through. they really look to the economic reports for clues as to where the economy is headed, and week after week as we sit here and report these reports to you, you know, if we get more positive reports as time goes on, that's going to bring back confidence to the market. similarly, if we get negative reports, we could go in the opposite direction, tony. >> i'm carter evans at the nasdaq. and this is our jobs picture for the year so far. in august, 54,000 jobs lost. the unemployment rate, ticks up to 9.6%. how can this be a good thing? well, you see, a lot of people gave up on their job search a few months ago, because there were no jobs out there. they couldn't find anything. when you're not looking for a
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job, you're not counted in the unemployment rate. well, in august, a lot of those people started looking for work again. that could be why our rate ticked up to 9.6%. if they're looking for work again, it means they think there are jobs out there. and that could be a good thing for the economy.
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okay. let's get you caught up on top stories now. colder water is sapping hurricane earls power as it moves up the east coast today. the storm swiped the outer banks overnight. with minimal damage, earl is headed for cape cod tonight. in iran, protesters hit the streets to show some darety to
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josh levs back in the "newsroom." we're taking a look at what's hot online today. you were just seeing some facts about flirting, because everyone is talking about it on the web today. from match.com, people are talking about fun facts on flirting. i guess everyone wanted to know this. apparently there are new health signs that it's good for you. tony, there are 5 2 flirting signals, most of which guys had no idea. >> you got that right. >> 40% say they flirt online and apparently men more often than women mistake friendly behavior for flirting. of course you and i don't. >> well, ma men are desperate. >> i want you to check out this story, really interesting, about
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steven hocking, who you may have seen has been making some comments about the origin of the universe and god, saying god did not create the universe, in his due, the universe could do that on its own. a lot of religious leaders now striking back saying no way. details at cnn.com. and finally a video online everyone is talking about. you should see this. check out this wheelchair double flip. 18-year-old aaron fact fatheringam. watch this, double, double, double. if it were my kid, i would so not let him do this. but people are saying you're my hero now. and let's say if people are trying it, they have tons of safety precautions in place. from classrooms into the "newsroom." education secretary arne duncan. we will talk to him about fixing our schools, that's next. there's no way to hide it. sir, have you been drinking tonight?
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>> reporter: the school day begins at the junior high with drills. math drills. as fast as these kids can do them. the theory here, train the brain with drills. much in the same way puzzles may prevent dementia among the elderly. the principal believes it so much, he joins the students. school curriculum is the basics, plus lessons from real-world business and community leaders to show the kids where the basics will take them. revolutionary for a japanese school system known for rigidly and formal. but he is not your average principal. he's not even a trained educator. he's a businessman who started and then began publishing high-tech companies. his lack of experience in the setting is what led the school to recruit him. >> translator: principals are
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in school after teaching, limiting outside the box teaching. he keeps track of the students. >> you know all the names of all the students. >> know the name of every person, and their testing score. >> you know the test scores and their names? >> yes. >> every single one. >> all of them. >> reporter: he's different, says a student, more like a friend sometimes. but still the boss. in the three years since shirota has been principal, the school claims higher test scores. the rut, he believes, of a number of innovations. it's 6:40 in the evening, and still are still here at the junior high school. the reason why, night school is about to begin. this is an unusual move by this public school to try to boost its test scores. it's where i meet 15-year-old coya nakam ow ra. we start at 7:00 p.m., he explains. he has been at school since 8:00 in the morning and leaves at 9:30 at night. critics call this too tough for
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a public school. but shirota says the old must give way to new thinking. and other educators in the country are taking note. the bottom line, says this former businessman, if japan's corporations must adapt and compete in a global economy, it only makes sense that so too must japan's schools. kiung law, cnn. fix our schools. those three words driving much of what you see on cnn this week, and who better to talk than the man in charge of the nation's schools, the education secretary, arne duncan, back from an eight-state bus tour to visit schools. and he joins me from the white house. mr. secretary, good to see you. thanks for your time. >> good afternoon, tony. how are you doing? >> terrific. good to talk to you. look, you're in schools a lot. you say it is the most fun you have in your job, where you learn the most. what have you gained from your travels this week? last week, as well? and what have you shared with the students from your perspective on the tour?
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>> well, it was just an amazing eight-state bus tour over the past two weeks, and we really want to celebrate great teaching around the country. we call it courage in the classroom tour. and i really believe teachers are the unsung heroes in our society. we want to shine a spotlight on them. we started in little rock, arkansas at central high school. obviously, that was the high school that the little rock nine helped to integrate. and from that very, very difficult time in our nation's history, that school has become an amazing, beautiful flower. integrated school, 80% of the students going on to college. it is remarkable to see from that very, very tough time amazing work happening today. visited a school in mass chester, new hampshire, they have 18 different languages spoken there, many refugee students. many of the students' parents have never been to school themselves. spoke to one father from sudan, said just they had no schools where he grew up in sudan. and now to have his children
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have the chance to go to college eventually was absolutely amazing. and visited a wonderful elementary school in mobile, alabama, which eight years ago was maybe the lowest performing school in the state. and they turned the school around. it was very, very tough work. the administrators' lives were literally threatened. they found weapons on the school campus. the building was trashed. very, very tough. but they got through that. great staff. great administrators. they believed in the children's potential, despite poverty, despite a tough community. eight years later, it's one of the highest performing schools in the state of alabama. so, tony, just a remarkable trip and absolutely inspiring to me. >> what motivates a state in this case like california, and its terrific superintendent of schools there, jacko come, who we had the program earlier this week, to continue to push for reform and achievement in his
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system in the aftermath of not getting a piece of the race to the top money? >> what we saw around the country, including california, tony, was just remarkable courage. we would have love to have funded many more states. we simply didn't have enough resources. what you saw, tony, was 36 states putting together through the application process their blueprint for reform. so they have a clear game plan. everyone has moved outside their comfort zone, and state after state that i talked to, whether or not they received dollars, they're moving forward. and we're going to work with every single state. this isn't just about a couple pilots. this is about a national movement. we have to educate our way to a better economy. everybody is working together. couldn't be more proud of the courage at the state and local level that we're seeing all over the nation. >> 1.2 million kids leaving schools for the streets every year. that's a figure you used. how many good jobs are there in the legal economy if you drop out of school in high school, and what can we do dramatically
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this year to turn that figure around? >> tony, as you well know, there are no good jobs, zero good jobs for a high school dropout in today's economy. and i'll go one step further. simply with a high school diploma, there are almost no good jobs. some form of higher education, four-year universities, two-year community colleges, technical training, some form of higher education has to be the goal for every single child, every single student who graduates from high school. what can we do this year, tony? we as a country, we know what students are risk -- we know students might not have as much support as we would like them to have at home, what we need to do as educators, community leaders, religious leaders, we need to go school by school, identify those students at risk, and give them the support they need to stay in school and build a positive life for themselves. that's what we need to do, starting right now. >> i've got to ask you one more question. what would closing the achievement gap -- i've asked everyone the same question this week. what would closing the achievement gap mean for this
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country? what would it mean for this country if blacks, latinos and white kids were achieving more evenly across this country? >> that the economic dividends for this country would be extraordinary. and the social dividends would be extraordinary. this is the civil rights issue by generation. and that many of our african-american and latino communities as you know, tony, the dropout rate is close to 40, 50%. that is economically unsustainable and morally unacceptable. so the dividends for the country from an economic -- prosperity standpoint, but the social dividends of having every single young person in this country have the chance to fulfill their true academic and social potential, that's what motivates us to do this work. >> mr. secretary, thank you for your time. >> >> thanks for your time, have a great afternoon. >> you too. more on the damage from hurricane haerl. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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